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12 August 2014

First patients move into new hospital building

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust today moved the first patients into the Bristol Royal Infirmary's (BRI) brand new ward block. Today sees the opening of the first area of the building: the ward specialising in head, neck and thoracic surgery.

Other parts of the facility will be opened in phases over the coming weeks and months, and the building will be fully operational in 2015.

The state-of-the-art, £92 million facility has been built as part of the Trust's wider redevelopment programme, which includes major improvements to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) and Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC) as well as the BRI.

"This is a major milestone in our redevelopment plans," says Deborah Lee, Director of Strategic Development at University Hospitals Bristol. "The new building not only delivers a significant improvement in the standard of accommodation for patients and our staff but it will enable us to transform the way in which we deliver care to our patients with the aim of delivering the very best clinical outcomes, alongside a positive experience of the care they have received"